Posts Tagged ‘family fun weekend’

World Record Photos are here!

The pictures are up! We know you’ve been waiting to see the 300+ pictures from the Texas-Sized Pittie Pride World Record Registration! A BIG “thank you” to Tonya Pet Photography for working so hard to get all the pictures taken and posted!

Can you find your picture? Click on the link to check it out! PITTIE PRIDE PICTURES

Here’s just a little preview below. Click here for the full blog post.


“I knew that Pittie owners loved their dogs before I worked the Love-A-Bull Pit Bull awareness day, but my Gawd there was a lot of love on display at Republic Square Park. Here’s how it went down…”

“…I knew I’d be busy that day, but I had no idea. Lets look at some numbers: 227 pictures in 240 minutes. That’s easy math – just about a picture a minute. FOR FOUR HOURS. And we loved every minute of it…”

“…Thank you to all that came out, enjoyed the day, signed the pledge and who continue to help show the world how great bully breed dogs truly are. If you happen to be one of the 227 owners who braved the sun, wind and rain to get your picture taken, and would like a free small jpeg of your picture…”

“…You are all rockstars and the Pitties are lucky to have you in their corner.”

It’s a Pet Costume Contest!

Yep — of course we’re having a pet costume contest at the annual Pit Bull Awareness Day festival! Think you can be the best? Well then dress up your pooch, and maybe even yourself, and come show off at Republic Square Park on Sunday, November 6th.

Check out some of the awesome costumes we saw last year!

Even Sharky the Pit Bull and his mom Helen will be there in costume with their bells on! — Okay well maybe not really bells, just hats.

Check out the festival schedule to make sure you don’t miss out on this charming and amusing show of pets on parade!

Be sure to RSVP and join us on November 6, 2011 for this FREE event!

Sharky’s-a-coming, too!

Hey folks! It’s Jessica from L-A-B guest posting!


We are frantically pulling the last details for the BIG, HUGE, FANTASTIC, AMAZING, ALL PIT BULL (and their friends), ALL THE TIME , FESTIVAL AND PITTIE PARADE  in November!  And getting SO excited!  It is going to be fantastic!

You are all coming, right?!  Still on the fence?  Well, we have several confirmed guests (Holly Marie Combs, BAD RAP, John Shipe) and just confirmed another one!  SHARKY the Pit Bull!  I bet you are coming now!

No offense, but if you have not heard of Sharky the Texas pit bull – you do not have access to the internet.  Or, like my grandmother, computers scare you.

I digress – Sharky the big, beautiful, gentle PB type dog and YouTube favorite has confirmed with us that he is attending the festival!  In costume with his mom no less!  They will be walking in the parade and col’ kicking it with us and our doggies at the festival!  By the way, there will be a costume contest – so get your dogs ready!

You can find his YouTube movies here: SHARKY THE SUPER RAD PIT BULL FROM TEXAS.

I can’t decide which is my favorite.. Is it the bunny ones?  Or the chick ones?  And, who doesn’t love a cat pestering a dog video?

They are all great!  What a fantastic breed ambassador!

So, get those doggie costumes ready and come on down on the 6th!  Meet and mingle with all of our special guests, including Sharky.  And, let’s celebrate our pit bull type doggies in front of the whole city!  Hell, in front of the whole state!  No, wait – in front of the whole country!

Oh!  And be sure and check this out!  Sharky and his mom, Helen made a special video just for little ol’ us!  Dogs in hats are awesome…Jus’ sayin’

See you in November!

XOXO – Jessica


Promoting Positive Perception of Pits

Check out a great article by Love-A-Bull’s Meghan Turner on Best Friend’s website about our Pit Bull Awareness Weekend events.

Promoting Positive Perception of Pits by Meghan Turner


The National Pit Bull Awareness Day Celebration (Oct. 24 and 25) was a HUGE success. Thank you to special guest John Garcia and all the sponsors, vendors, and volunteers that helped us pull it off!

Hundreds of people and their dogs were in attendance throughout the weekend events. We gathered tons of signatures for our anti-BSL petition, talked about our free training program, spread awareness about pit bulls and owner issues, and raised funds for our programs and initiatives.

Congratulations to our raffle winners! Please contact to claim your prize.

  • Southwest Airline Tickets: John Pope
  • $500 Tattoo Gift Certificate: Dwain Williams
  • $250 Lee Mannix Training Certificate: Deb Whitaker
  • $235 Blanton Museum Package: Joe Soto
  • Custom Jewelry by Eleven17Finery: Amy Herzog
  • $100 Gift Certificate from Midtown Grooming: Melissa Alvarado
  • OnGuard Bike Package: Patricia Hutt
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Cafe Josie: Susan Peters

Check out some of the photos of the events (below) and lots more here: and

Family Fun Day (Oct. 24)


Joe Seabrooke wearing a Michael Vick jersey--in the dunk tank!


A bumblebee puppy


The crowd at Family Fun Day

John Garcia and Samantha Foss from Best Friends

John Garcia and Samantha Foss from Best Friends

Pet Parade and Costume Contest (Oct. 25)

Getting ready for the pet parade

Getting ready for the pet parade

A lion

A lion

Arr, matey! Pirate dog

Arr, matey! Pirate dog

Best Friends' John Garcia and Love-A-Bull co-founders Lydia Zaidman and Meghan Turner

Best Friends' John Garcia and Love-A-Bull co-founders Lydia Zaidman and Meghan Turner



One of the contest winners--The Bat Bridge, and a bunch of bats!

One of the contest winners: the Bat Bridge, and a bunch of bats!

National Pit Bull Awareness Celebration on Oct. 24 and 25


Please join Love-A-Bull in welcoming Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s famous dog handler John Garcia to Austin on the weekend of October 24-25, 2009, to participate in a weekend of family-friendly events in Austin.

John is nationally known for working extensively to rehabilitate 22 of the 49 dogs (now affectionately referred to as the “Vicktory Dogs”) seized from the bust of the Michael Vick/Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting ring. He is best known for his work and public appearances with Georgia, a sweet, 7-year old toothless female pit bull who, despite being a victim of cruelty and abuse, responds with love to all she meets.

The weekend will feature these FREE events:

tinyheartA Family Fun Day with John Garcia
October 24, 5 PM – 9 PM at Zilker Hillside Theater
Free to the public! Dogs on leash are welcome. Chairs are not permitted, but blankets or towels are encouraged.

This fun-filled evening of activities will include:

  • A public screening of National Geographic Channel’s “Dog Town,” including footage of John working with the Vicktory Dogs at Best Friends (begins at 7:30 PM). Courtesy of The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow.
  • Autographs with John Garcia
  • Games and crafts, including: henna tattoos, face painting, balloon animals, bandanna painting
  • Under Pressure t-shirt silk screening
  • Pumpkin patch photo booth
  • Dunk tank (dunk “Michael Vick” for charity!)
  • Raffle
  • Refreshments: Amy’s Ice Cream, Aloha Sno-Cones and Waffles, Zuzu’s tacos, Solar Natural Foods, Sweet Leaf tea
  • Pick the Pit Bull game, trivia, and prize giveaways
  • Information and adoptable pets from Emancipet, Happy Endings, Town Lake Animal Center, Best Friends, and Reunion Rescue
  • Booths featuring our trainer, Jessica Wilson and Haute Dog Magazine

tinyheartA Downtown Pet Parade and Costume Contest, led by John Garcia
October 25, 2 PM at Austin City Hall
Free to the public! Bring your leashed loved ones and the whole family for this walk through downtown. Austin Java and Lofty Dog will provide rest stops, and there will be prizes for the best dog costumes!  DJ Yoshi will be spinning tunes for your enjoyment. Free Parking in the City Hall Garage (entrance on Lavaca).





You can be a sponsor and see your company logo featured prominently here!

Austin Mayor Proclaims Oct 24-25, 2009 “Love-A-Bull Weekend”


Thanks to everyone who came to the proclamation to show their support for Love-A-Bull! We made quite an impression on city council.


101X (101.5 FM) interviews John Garcia for Love-A-Bull’s Pit Bull Awareness Weekend

101X (101.5 FM) interviewed John Garcia for Love-A-Bull’s Pit Bull Awareness Weekend!

The interview took place on 10/21/09. Listen to the interview (mp3).